Rehearsal images have been released for Anna Ledwich’s new production of Coram Boy showing at The Lowry this summer.

Following its run at Chichester Festival Theatre, the new production will show at The Lowry on the Salford Quays from June 21 until June 29.

Helen Edmundson’s adaptation of Jamila Gavin’s Whitbread Award-winning novel premiered at the National Theatre in 2005 before transferring to Broadway. Nominated for several Olivier and Tony Awards, it won the Time Out Live Award for Best Play.

Members of the Coram Boy company in rehearsal Chichester Festival Theatre Manuel Harlan REH-009

“Angels and abandoned children, glorious music and murder most foul whirl through this enthralling, moving and richly colourful tale of 18th century England.”

At Gloucester Cathedral, Alexander Ashbrook, heir to an aristocratic estate, has his heart set on becoming a composer; but his stern father refuses to listen and despite his love for the beautiful Melissa, flight seems his only option. Far darker conflicts are at play for Meshak, son of the brutal Otis Gardiner who preys on young unmarried mothers – promising to deliver their babies to Coram’s new Foundling Hospital but instead meting out a terrible fate.

Their stories entwine eight years later in London, where two Coram orphans, Toby and Aaron, find themselves on parallel adventures, and the great Handel is at work on a new score, Messiah, embodying the hope of love and salvation over evil.

Members of the Coram Boy company in rehearsal Chichester Festival Theatre Manuel Harlan REH-009

Performing in the production is Will Antenbring (Alexander Ashbrook), Louisa Binder (Young Alexander/Aaron Dangerfield), Pandora Clifford (Lady Ashbrook/Mrs Hendry), Rhianna Dorris (Melissa Milcote/Angel) and others.

The designer is Simon Higlett, lighting designer Emma Chapman, composer and sound designer Max Pappenheim, musical director Stephen Higgins, movement director Chi-San Howard, fight and intimacy director Bethan Clark, casting director Annelie Powell CDG, and voice and dialect coach Joel Trill.

Tickets for the production of Coram Boy can be found here.

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